How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living
The popular pastor and New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God shows us how to pursue and realize our dreams, live in the moment, and joyfully do the things that make us come alive.
Each of us was created for something great—we just need to figure out what it is and find the courage to do it. Whether it’s writing the next...more
Or do you see your life as something that is happening to you?
The blinking line raises a compelling question:
What are we here for?” p. 8
Rob Bell came to my attention when he published Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived . Although Bell comes from a different strain of Christianity, I liked Love Wins. It fits my theology. I believe that Jesus of Nazareth came to tell us about God’s love and that any Christ ...more
Reading 'How to be Here', I was reminded of how in 2011, the Evangelical Fundamentalist preacher-teacher John Piper wrote off Rob Bell with his famous "Farewell, Rob Bell" tweet when Bell's promo v ...more
HOW TO BE HERE contains a great deal of false information, interspersed with barely useful, tired (but true) platitudes. Oh, and Bell gratuitously includes countless lengthy illustrations from his own random life experiences.
Where to begin? Or, I should say, where is my number 1?
For starters, we don't create our own lives out of nothing from within oursel ...more
I couldn't even bring myself to finish it at that pace.
This is one of the most vapid, useless, unhelpful self-help books I've ever encountered. It felt like Bell wrote the book just to namedrop some LA friends he's met, yet he somehow marketed this book as a motivational text. There are about 4 sentences per page, and each chapter is about 3 pages long. I've literally read tweetstorms longer than this book, and most of them were ...more
This book is a comfortable overlay of principles and ideas surrounding one's life meaning and purpose. It is an encouragement to consider the value of one's work (professional or amateur) and instill values that will lead ...more
I am no fan of self-help books. As I've written elsewhere, they can have a tendency to tap into fear more than hope; feeding our anxiety about being a nobody. They're usually full of cheap clichés and impotent anecdotes and twelve steps that lead nowhere. And often, they result in leaving people more exhausted, burdened and disillusioned as they try and exhibit the book's mantras.
Take for example those relationship books that promise a better, more enri ...more
I haven't disliked anything I've come across, but some work is better than others. This one doesn't rank among my favorites. Strange thing is that though I'm not a Christian myself, what I find best in Bell are his explorations of Christian faith, his more "theological" works. "Jesus Wants to Save Christians," "L ...more
Or maybe it wasn't time. Mid-June 2018 wa ...more
At age 28, Bell founded Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan, and under hi ...more